Once there were two mice. They were friends. One mouse lived in
the country; the other mouse lived in the city.
After many years the Country mouse saw the City mouse; he said, “Do come and see me at my house in the country.” So the City mouse went. The City mouse said, “This food is not good, and your house is not good. Why do you live in a hole in the field? You should come and live in the city. You would live in a nice house made of stone. You would have nice food to eat. You must come and see me at my house in the city.”
The Country mouse went to the house of the City mouse. It was a very good house. Nice food was set ready for them to eat. But just as they began to eat they heard a great noise.
The City mouse cried, “ Run! Run! The cat is coming!” They ran away quickly and hid.
After some time they came out. When they came out, the Country mouse said, “I do not like living in the city. I like living in my hole in the field. For it is nicer to be poor and happy, than to be rich and afraid.”
Country Mouse and Town Mouse
Country Mouse and Town Mouse are friends. One day Country Mouse invites Town Mouse to his house.
“Welcome! Wasn’t it troublesome to come such a long way?”
Country Mouse welcomes Town Mouse with pleasure.
And he spread the table with sweet potatoes, peas and corns he grow with great care.
“There is not much to eat but enjoy the meal.”
“Oh? What are these? I can’t eat this kind of food. How can you eat such tasteless food?”
“Well…Is that so?”
“Also, look at your house. How can you live in such a shabby place?”
“Yes…But I am used to this place. I feel very comfortable here.”
“Well,well~! You’ve never seen a big town before, have you? Well, why don’t you come with me to my town tomorrow morning? I’ll treat you to delicious food at my house.”
So Country Mouse followed Town Mouse to the town. To Country Mouse, the Town looks so big.
Country Mouse is amazed by the grand view of the town.
Then there were plenty of mouth-watering, delicious food on the table.
“Wow! It looks great!”
“Hahaha~! I eat this kind of food every day. Well, You must be hungry. Help Yourself.”
“I really envy you!”
The moment when Country Mouse was about to eat a delicious chicken leg, the door suddenly opened and a woman came into the room.
“Look at these mice~! If I catch you, you’ve dead.”
She shouted and threw a lid of a pot at them.
“Oh, God save us,please!”
Town Mouse and Country Mouse ran away as fast as they could.
“Let’s hide somewhere quickly. Hurry up!”
“Ye…yeah~! Ah ah~~!”
Town Mouse and Country Mouse ran into a small hole in the wall.
“Well, what’s going on? Do you always live like this?”
“Umm…Well, it happens sometimes. We have to go through such things to live and eat delicious food in a big town.”
“Is delicious food that important? I’d rather live in peace. I am so scared. I could be killed anytime. I will go back to my peaceful house although it is humble and shabby.”
“Alright. I am so sorry to put you in such danger.”
“That’s okay. Please take care of yourself.”
In the end, Country Mouse decided to go back to his peaceful home.
He no longer envied Town Mouse for all that he had and all that he feared.
A fox, having fallen into a well, was faced with the prospect of being stuck there. But then a billy-goat came along to that same well because he was thirsty and saw the fox. He asked him if the water was good.
The fox decided to put a brave face on it and gave a tremendous speech about how wonderful the water was down there, so very excellent. So the billy-goat climbed down the well, thinking only of his thirst. When he had had a good drink, he asked the fox what he thought was the best way to get back up again.
The fox said:
‘Well, I have a very good way to do that. Of course, it will mean our working together. If you just push your front feet up against the wall and hold your horns up in the air as high as you can, I will climb up on to them, get out, and then I can pull you up behind me.’
The billy-goat willingly consented to this idea, and the fox briskly clambered up the legs, the shoulders, and finally the horns of his companion. He found himself at the mouth of the well, pulled himself out, and immediately scampered off. The billy-goat shouted after him, reproaching him for breaking their agreement of mutual assistance. The fox came back to the top of the well and shouted down to the billy-goat:
‘Ha! If you had as many brains as you have hairs on your chin, you wouldn’t have got down there in the first place without thinking of how you were going to get out again.’
It is thus that sensible men should not undertake any action without having first examined the end result.